COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Nick Faust equaled his career high with 19 points and had a season-high nine rebounds to lead Maryland over North Carolina Central 70-56 on Tuesday.
Maryland (9-5) began the second half with three 3-pointers, one by Seth Allen and two by Faust. The junior guard scored 14 of his 19 after halftime.The trio of 3-pointers gave the Terrapins a 37-26 lead with 16:47 to play.The Eagles (7-4), who lost by 11 to No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 21, were just 2-for-15 from the 3-point line. They were averaging nearly 34 percent before the game.Jeremy Ingram, who was averaging nearly 25 points, was just 4-for-19 from the field, and led NC Central with 11.Dez Wells added 10 for the Terps, who extended their lead to 68-45 on Faust's 3-pointer with 3:20 to play. NC Central outscored Maryland 11-2 in the final minutes.NC Central coach LaVelle Moton was a mentor and father figure to Wells, who grew up in Raleigh, N.C.Maryland finished nonconference play with a win over the undermanned Eagles.The Terrapins' most disheartening nonconference outing came on Dec. 21 when they lost to Boston University. They also dropped games to Connecticut, Oregon State, Ohio State and local rival George Washington.Each team missed its first four shots before NC Central's Jay Copeland scored on a layup 3:12 into the game. At the first timeout, the Eagles led 4-2.Maryland led through much of the first half, but NC Central went ahead 16-14 on Ingram's layup with just over eight minutes remaining in the half.The Terps scored the next seven points to take a 21-14 lead with four minutes remaining, holding the Eagles scoreless for 4:11.Maryland outscored NC Central 14-4 in the last eight minutes to lead 28-20 at the half. The Terrapins shot 37 percent, and held the Eagles to 26.7 percent.The Eagles biggest win came on Nov. 20 when they beat NC State by 10, the first time they've beaten an ACC team.NC Central begins Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play on Jan. 11 at Florida A&M. Maryland won at Boston College on Dec. 12 in its ACC opener and resumes conference play on Saturday against Georgia Tech.